Mike Leach urges WSU students to take his class

PULLMAN — Washington State football coach Mike Leach says it appears he will be teaching a class on football and warfare this spring.

Leach on Tuesday tweeted the class will be offered, although not for college credit.

Leach will teach the class with former state Sen. Michael Baumgartner.

The course is called Insurgent Warfare and Football, and studies underdog strategies in war and football.

Leach said the class will be open to as many as 40 current WSU students, who will need to write two short essays for admission.

The coach, who led the Cougars to a school record 11 wins last season, is well known for his wide-ranging interests that extend beyond the football field.

The tentative schedule calls for five night sessions.

Murder trial for man charged in landlady’s death begins

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — The murder trial for a southwestern Idaho man charged in connection with the stabbing death of his landlady began in Mountain Home this week.

Scott Riggs, 41, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of 71-year-old Paula Febrache. Jury selection began Tuesday; the trial is expected to last as much as six weeks.

Febrache’s husband reported her missing on Aug. 25, 2017, when she didn’t return home at the expected time. Her body was found the next day in the trunk of her vehicle, which was several miles away.

Riggs rented a home from Febrache, and the two had worked together at a Walmart in Mountain Home. Police said traces of Febrache’s blood were found in Riggs’ truck, and a pawn shop employee said he sold Riggs the knife used in the stabbing.

King County detectives make two arrests in 1995 killing

SEATTLE — Authorities say they’ve arrested two people involved in a shooting death 24 years ago.

Kenneth Ruffer was found shot to death at age 26 on Nov. 27, 1995, in a vehicle parked in White Center, south of Seattle. The King County Sheriff’s Office said investigators learned that he may have been set up for a robbery by a woman he knew, and a 29-year-old man was also identified as a suspect.

DNA evidence was eventually linked to the man, but detectives said they needed a cooperating witness to make any arrests. The sheriff’s office said they spent the past year re-examining the case and getting in touch with witnesses to develop that cooperation.

Investigators said they arrested the now 52-year-old man and 48-year-old woman Wednesday. Their identities were not immediately released.

Records-sharing program costs mount for Portland police

PORTLAND, Ore. — Seven years after it was touted as an innovative electronic records system to manage police reports from 40 police agencies, the program now has only seven participating agencies, with Portland police stuck paying millions to cover the bill.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported expenses for the system’s software and support have continued to increase, while partner agencies dropped out of a cost-sharing agreement.

Portland police now are asking the city council to approve $1.4 million for fiscal 2019-20 and another $1.52 million for fiscal 2020-21 to cover the gaps, plus about $5 million to be set aside to create a new, more affordable system.

The $12.6 million Regional Justice Information Network went live in 2015, intended to encourage collaboration between law enforcement agencies.

The project, though, was beset by problems immediately, with officers complaining that the new system was too cumbersome and complicated to use.

DNA evidence leads to charges in Montana cold case rape

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana prosecutors have charged a man in a case dating back to 1998 in which a woman was raped and had her throat slashed.

The Billings Gazette reported the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office charged Zachary D. O’Neill with attempted deliberate homicide and sexual intercourse without consent on Jan. 11.

O’Neill, who is in custody in another state, has yet to be arraigned on the charges. It wasn’t immediately known whether he had an attorney.

According to charging documents, O’Neill is accused of attacking a woman who had finished delivering newspapers in Billings on the morning of Sept. 5, 1998, raping her and cutting her throat with a knife.

The woman pretended to be dead and the attacker fled.

Authorities said they have DNA evidence linking O’Neill to the crime.

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